By Charl Erverts
Players were met with a challenging championship the 20th and 27th of August, which occurred at the picturesque De Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch Winelands. With the reigning champion Cole Cruikshank in the USA on golf scholarship, the title was open for the taking!
Scoring was predictably tough during the first round as players struggled navigating the firm greens and tight pin positions as indicated by Wesley Green’s woeful 14 Stableford points. Committee member Sam Hewat was visibly rattled after his horror round, which included 97 shots.
Shaun Le Roux birdied the final hole to draw level at the top of the A Division leaderboard with Charl Everts on a score of 79. In the B Division scoring was equally mediocre. Tyrone Matthews, Geoff Brink and Calven Wilson shared the halfway lead on 31 points, while Jess Pollock cruised to a 13-point lead in the Ladies Division. The A-division leaders were 2 shots ahead of a tightly contested leaderboard, and it was evident that it was anyone’s race come Sunday.
After a week of lectures, the 52 players arrived fresh and ready to take on the King David Mowbray Golf Course in a swirling South-Easter for the final round of the UCT Champs.
Jess Pollock carded 32 points in her final round to ensure her massive 21-point victory in the Ladies. Division over Rachel Bean (2nd) and Camilla Hyslop (3rd). Geoff Brink returned a solid second round worth 35 points to ensure his victory in the B Division from Jonathan Thurling (2nd) and Shane Horsely (3rd).
Matt Woodhouse took home the A-division nett prize with an impressive score of 145 off his 9 handicap, 6 shots ahead of the next best.
After a nervy start including two double bogeys, UCT Golf veteran Chris Saunders fought back and managed to get his second nine to three under par but a double bogey on the final hole saw the Durbanite’s chances of victory slip away. Shaun Le Roux held the lead during the second round but a string of bogeys and an uncharacteristic shank on the 13th erased all hopes of a debut win. Tristan Hamilton made a huge climb up the leaderboard after a hot putter got him to two under par and tied for the lead on +9, but squandered it after four bogeys in a row lead to a round of 74 and two shots back of the eventual winner.
After a poor start Charl Everts managed to regain the lead with a birdie and 8 pars in a row to leave himself with a three-shot cushion playing the final hole. A poor approach shot into the water hazard on 18 lead to a bogey but his second round score of 76 was good enough to take home the honours of UCT Club Champ on a score of 155. “I’m really thrilled to be able to hoist the trophy after playing so poorly in last year’s event. It was a great battle out there with the lads and I feel with the calibre of players UCT has at the moment we can confidently compete against the likes of Tuks and NMMU.”